Micro and Nano Size Plastic Particles – Legislative and Regulatory Policies Reviewed

The abstract of an August 29, 2022 SETAC Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management article https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36036190/ by researchers with Iowa State University reviews “… the published literature on the current laws passed by Congress and regulations developed by various federal agencies … that could be used to regulate MP and NPs … Specifically, statutes such as CWA, SDWA, TSCA, RCRA and the CAA can all be used to address plastic pollution. However, these statutes have not been invoked for MP and NP waste in water or air. The FFDCA provides guidance on how the FDA should evaluate plastics use in food, food packaging, cosmetics, drug packaging, and medical devices … The future of MP regulation in the USA should use TSCA to test for the safety of plastics. The other statutes simply need to include MPs in their definitions. In terms of the FDA, MPs should be redefined as contaminants-allowing tolerances for MPs to begin to be set for MPs in food and beverages …” #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastic #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @IowaStateU @SETAC_world